Light Displays to Brighten the Holidays

By: Scott Davis | December 18, 2019

Photo Courtesy of Wayne County Lightfest.

The chaos of the holiday season can be overwhelming at times, but it is also important to remember to enjoy the season with family and loved ones. Whether that’s at a breakfast with Santa event, tree lightings, a winter staycation, or even community light displays, the holidays can be the perfect time for family events. We’ve gathered a list of light displays that will be going through the holidays to help you and your family stay in the festive spirit all season long!

Wild Lights

One of the more popular light displays in Metro Detroit, Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, will run through Sunday, January 5. More than five million LED lights will be on display on trees, buildings, and over 230 animal sculptures. Be sure to also check the dates for a special 4-D show of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer,” along with winter rink and polar patio dates.

Trail of Lights 2019

There is still time to experience Davison Township’s Trail of Lights on December 22-24 and 27-29. The Robert Williams Nature and Historical Center will be decked with thousands of holiday lights on a beautiful trail and feature holiday music, hot chocolate, and even pictures with Santa. Be sure to check the dates for horse drawn wagon rides because those nights are sold out and no walking is allowed due to safety.

Santa’s Rock ’n Nights

Red Oaks Waterpark in Madison Heights will transform into a mile long drive-thru light show through the end of December. Nearly 1,000 programmable elements and 100,000 animated lights will dance and shine to your favorite Christmas music as you make your way through the impressive displays. Tickets are $20 per vehicle on weekdays and $25 on weekends, with an additional $5 per passenger if there are more than six passengers in the car.

Wayne County Lightfest

Running through the end of December, the Wayne County Lightfest offers five miles of colorful displays starting at the Merriman Hollow Park in Westland. You can get your picture with Santa at the Santa Shelter located at the end of the Lightfest at Warrendale park until Monday, December 23. You can purchase refreshments at the Santa Shelter through December 23 and the display will be closed on Christmas Day. 

The Big, Bright Light Show

Downtown Rochester brings back its signature Big, Bright Light Show throughout the holiday season until Sunday, January 5. More than one million points of glimmering lights will outline stores and buildings creating a welcoming shopping and dining experience for the whole family. This year the lights will also be turned on during the Fire & Ice Festival which takes place every weekend throughout January.